Pulitzer Newspaper Four Reasons to Visit Amsterdam in June

Spring being a tough act to follow, the world created June. The sun is showing itself more often and the days are getting longer, finally! Do you want to get the most out of your days? In this article we will highlight our top events of this month, read more and find out!

ARTIS Summer Nights
Spend your summer evenings at Amsterdam’s Royal Zoo until the sun goes down. Picnic on the lawn, enjoy food from the outdoor kitchen or discover the art of nature during several workshops. The late openings feature activities for kids, and special events at ARTIS’ Planetarium. Round off your evening with a special guided tour of the park at twilight. For all the details, click here.

When: Saturdays in June, July and August
Where: ARTIS, Plantage Kerklaan 38-40, 1018 CZ Amsterdam

Holland Festival
For those who can’t get enough of art, this is the festival to visit. As of 1947, this international performing arts festival offers exquisite top-level performances. Behold transcending art disciplines in dance, opera and theater or indulge in fine art, such as literature and architecture. For the full program and more: click here.

When: May 29 – June 23
Where: Various locations in Amsterdam

Bacchus Wine Festival
Stop and smell the rosé… Or sauvignon, or the merlot! Wine specialists from all over Amsterdam present together around 300 different wines; from intense new world wines to classics coming from Europe. Besides drinking a glass of wine (or two), visitors can enjoy a culinary delight or a burger with fries; you pick! Vegetarian or vegan? No problem! On their website you can find more information.

When: June 7-16
Where: Amsterdamse Bos, Nieuwe Kalfjeslaan 21, 1182 AB Amstelveen

Aalsmeer Flower Festival
Experience a weekend that is a thrill for all the senses! The Aalsmeer Flower Festival exhibits a broad range of enchanting flowers and plants, and surprises visitors with eye-catching art applications. Enjoy a boat ride between locations, listen to music or decorate yourself with flowers. During the festival, the Flower Art museum hosts several special exhibitions and blossoming activities as well. Do you want to know more about the festival? Visit their website.

When: June 15-16
Where: Historische Tuin, Praamplein, Aalsmeer (Centrum) / Flower Art Museum, Kudelstaartseweg 1, Aalsmeer

 

Photo: Bacchus Wine Festival.

Discover nature in Amsterdam and enjoy it with the perfect picnic. In this article we listed some lovely parks as well as some fun activities for all ages to tailor your day out.

Westerpark
This is a park created around a former gas factory. Nowadays it’s the place to go for many locals. Westerpark has a charming green area with plenty of playgrounds. A nature adventure trail, Het Woeste Westen, lies at the end of the park where the little ones can release their energy with activities such as, building a raft of catching tadpoles. If you want to picnic until the sun goes down: the Westerpark is the only one in Amsterdam where you are allowed to barbecue. Also, nearby are lots of trendy cafes, bars and nice restaurants to visit!

Bike:                                  15 min
Public Transport:             16 min: 10 min walk to bus stop Marnixplein – bus 21 to Haarlemmerplein – 4 min walk

Amstelpark
Besides the fact that Amstelpark is a cozy one, it’s also a place full of fun activities. Play some minigolf or taste a delicious scoop of homemade ice cream. See all of the park in the Amsteltrain or look at the view from the Ferris wheel! Next to the playground, the city farm is located. Here, you can find animals like goats, chickens, donkeys and bunnies. For the full Dutch experience, you can visit the mill called ‘Riekermolen’!

Bike:                                   30 min
Public Transport:              21 min: 10 min walk to metro station Rokin – metro 52 to Europaplein – 2 min walk to bus stop Europaplein – bus 62 to Amstelpark.

Sarphatiepark
Enjoy your afternoon picnic like a local in the Sarphatiepark, located in the popular neighborhood ‘De Pijp’. This park is a real city park: it radiates luxury and is surrounded by stately homes. The coziness of this park makes it the perfect place to savor a picnic. In for a game? Play Frisbee or compete in a table tennis contest.

Bike:                                   13 min
Public Transport:              19 min: 10 min walk to metro station Rokin – metro 52 to Vijzelgracht – 7 min walk to Sarphatiepark.

Amsterdamse Bos

This forest has everything and more. An idyllic scenery with your picnic and more than enough activities to choose from; climb and zip through the Fun Forest, visit the goat farm, sup/canoe through the lakes or enjoy a performance at the forest theatre. When temperatures are rising, the lakes, pools and waterways are ideal for a swim or to find refreshment. The visitor’s center is the place to ask your questions, reserve your activity such as, a boat excursion or to give directions.

Bike:                                   37 min
Public Transport               44 min: 13 min walk to busstation Elandsgracht – bus 347to busstop Van Nijenrodeweg/Amstelveenseweg –  7 min walk to Amsterdamse Bos

 

Photo: Time Out Amsterdam.

Now the Tulip Mania has come to an end, there are new events to look forward to! Curious about what’s on in Amsterdam in May? We selected our top four events of this month.

Vondelpark Openluchttheater
Enjoy the lovely weather in Amsterdam with cultural festivities the city’s most popular most hang-out: Vondelpark. Starting in May, the weekends will be all about music, cabaret and other performances with young talents as well as well-known artists. Visit the website for the full program: http://www.openluchttheater.nl/.

When: Weekends May-October
Where: Vondelpark

Remembrance Day & Liberation Day

Every year, on the 4th of May at 20:00, the Dutch remember the victims of World War ||, other wars and peace missions. A ceremony including a two-minute silence is held on several locations throughout the country with the largest one on the Dam Square. The next day, festivities are organized to celebrate our number one privileged right: freedom! A selection of well-known liberty festivals on this day are: Het Vrije Westen, Het Amsterdams Verbond, Vrijland and KinderBevrijdingsFestival.

When: May 4 & 5
Where: Dam Square / Several festival locations throughout the city

Rollende Keukens 2019
Foodlovers be aware! From May 29 until June 2, the Westergas area will turn into your favorite food festival. Enjoy dishes, wines, beers and other spices and delights. With a good atmosphere, foodtrucks, sunshine and live music, Rollende Keukens has all the ingredients for a great time.

When: May 29 – June 2
Where: Westergasterrein

Hemeltjelief Festival 2019
On the 30th of May, the NSDM-wharf will turn into a colorful universe! Hemeltjelief its spaceship will take you to the most astonishing places the universe has to offer. This family festival is filled with amusement for all ages with exciting bands, grooving DJ’s, culture, arts and lots of other fun activities. Once the little ones are off to bed, the after-party kicks in at Noorderlicht Café. Never a dull moment at Hemeltjelief!

When: May 30
Where: NSDM-wharf

Photo: Het Amsterdams Verbond.

Use your ‘tu-lips’ to kiss winter goodbye. According to the Dutch, spring officially arrives when the first tulips begin to bloom. April and May are the perfect months to wander around in the colorful tulip fields or to enjoy tulip-decorated Amsterdam with our special package. But first things first, here’s some facts about the iconic Dutch flower.

Name
The name ‘Tulip’ derived from the Turkish word for Turban. In the sixteenth century a Dutch biologist from Leiden received this special flower from a friend of Constantinople (Istanbul). He planted the flower in his garden in Leiden and that was the beginning of the astonishing tulip fields in the Netherlands.

History
Did you know a tulip used to be sold for the same price as a house? In the 17th century tulips were used as a trade product. Every class of the society was involved in trading the tulip bulbs, a craze called ‘tulip mania’. The same tulip bulb was sometimes traded 10 times a day. It was the foolishness of newcomers to the market that set off the crisis in February 1637.

Multifunctional
With over 3000 different varieties of tulips, there’s one in almost every color imaginable. Did you know that various colors of tulips have a specific meaning? For example, the red tulips represent true love, purple symbolizes loyalty and when you have to make up for something, the white tulip will say sorry in your name. What’s your favorite color?

All Tulips Everything
Imagine endless fields with rainbow-colored tulips. This can come true at The Keukenhof which is a must-visit in April or May. For the full tulip experience, book the ‘All Tulips Everything’ package including a two night stay at Pulitzer Amsterdam, tickets plus a private chauffeur to the Keukenhof, an in-room flower bouquet and a tulip-inspired cocktail in Pulitzer’s Bar.

Do you want to know more about the Keukenhof or our tulip package? Feel free to contact our Concierge team, they will be more than happy to help you!

If you ask us, spring is the best time to visit Amsterdam! The first sunrays appear, flowers are blossoming, and the city is getting livelier. In April, sunshine days can be combined with rain and therefore, we have selected some indoor and outdoor activities. Go to see the city this month to experience the following events.

National Museum Week
Every spring, museums in Amsterdam participate to showcase the cultural heritage of the Netherlands. Wander through the breathtaking art of the Dutch masters of the Golden Age or enjoy activities such as guided tours, workshops or tastings. For the little one’s there is enough delight as well! See the National Museum Week website for a complete list of participating museums in Amsterdam: https://www.nationalemuseumweek.nl/

When: April 8–14
Where: Museums in Amsterdam

World Press Photo
Prepare for a vibrant edition of World Press Photo 2019. Work of world’s best professional press photographers, photo agencies, newspapers and magazines are gathered in an impressive exhibition. Spot this year’s winning productions in visual journalism and digital storytelling. For more information visit: https://www.nieuwekerk.nl/en/exhibitions/world-press-photo-2019/

When: April 13-June 7
Where: The New Church, Amsterdam

King’s Day
If you want to experience the Dutch culture at its quirkiest, this is an event to mark in your agenda! Every year on April 27, the Dutch honor their King by celebrating his birthday as a national feast. This must turn every other monarchy in the world green with envy as Amsterdam and the rest of the Netherlands turn a bright shade of orange on this day. All over Amsterdam are festivities, flea markets and celebrations are happening. Join Pulitzer Amsterdam for a King’s Day celebration with drinks and tunes in front. For those who prefer to avoid the crowds should head to open spaces like the Vondelpark, which turns into a children’s paradise. For more information about the activities, visit: https://amsterdam.org/en/event/22/king-s-day.html

When: King’s Night on April 26 & King’s Day on April 27
Where: All over Amsterdam

Tulip Festival
Can you imagine Amsterdam with as many tulips as there are bikes? Add a little color to your day by wandering through the city in April. This celebration of the Tulip Festival runs all month long, showcasing the iconic Dutch flower across the city. For the full tulips experience, visit the tulip fields at The Keukenhof or book the ‘All Tulips Everything’ package with your Pulitzer Amsterdam stay.

When: April 1-30
Where: All over Amsterdam & The Keukenhof

Would you like to join an event? Or would you like some more information about a certain activity? Feel free to contact our Concierge team, they will be more than happy to help you!

Indoors or out, no one relaxes in March. There are lots of activities that will keep you busy during your visit to Amsterdam, whether you love to stroll around and see the sights, or you want to inspire yourself on International Woman’s Day. If you would rather turn your happy hour into cocktail hour, you might want to take a look at the Amsterdam Cocktail Week this March. Amsterdam has some wonderful activities in store, so grab your agenda and mark the following events:

Amsterdam Coffee Festival
The first few days of March will be all about coffee in Amsterdam. This festival is the ultimate tribute to the Dutch and Flemish coffee scene. Test your coffee knowledge and taste over hundred different mouth-watering coffee flavors. Go to espresso martini parties to latte art or a mindful coffee tasting experience. New this year is the art of roasting specialty coffee competition. The world’s 24 most reputable coffee roasters will compete over three days to earn the Roast Masters title. Other than that, you can enjoy coffee cocktails, delicious street food, coffee art and live music as well.

When: March 1-3
Where: Westergasfabriek

HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show
The HISWA is the biggest event of the Netherlands when it comes to water sports. The event is designed for anyone with interests in watersports or boats, so plenty to discover for the little ones as well.  Marvel at boats up to 10 meters in length and explore the latest trends, innovations and gadgets.

When: March 6-10
Where: RAI Convention Centre

International Women’s Day
Do you want to learn from power woman all over the world who make a difference in their area of expertise? The 6th of March, the Harper’s Bazaar organizes the International Woman’s Day Summit 2019 in collaboration with BrandedU at ‘De Hallen Studio’s’. Learn about personal branding, female leadership and core competences, and fearless ambition! It will be a dazzling and inspiring day which include interviews, talks, panel discussions and encounters. A selection of the inspirators are: Khadija Arib (Chairwoman of the Second Chamber from the Dutch Parliament), Annelies Valk (Senior Global Brand Strategy Manager at Vodafone) and Hendrikje Crebolder (Director Development & Media at Rijksmuseum). So, get inspired, discover new career perspectives and build valuable connections through this event.

Next to this our very own Pulitzer’s bar is giving nique talents a stage during our event Turning Tables. This event celebrates all ladies around the globe, and especially the leading ladies from the bartending industry. Female talents as Helena Henneveld from Ketel One (Benelux) and others will join our Pulitzer’s Bar ladies on this night to serve two versions of single ingredient cocktails.

When: March 6 & March 8
Where: De Hallen Studio’s & Pulitzer’s Bar

Amsterdam Cocktail Week
Cocktail lovers be aware! This year’s cocktail week is just around the corner. During this week, Amsterdam’s 45 best bars will introduce you to the art of cocktails. With the help of a customized city map, you are able to discover the city’s finest bars. All participating bars will serve one alcoholic and one non-alcoholic cocktail. Our own award-winning Best Hotel Bar: Pulitzer’s Bar will be all about Tini Martini’s. Joining this tiniest of movements with massively miniature martinis: Giorgio Bargiani of The Connaught Bar (#5 Worlds Best Bars) and renowned martini maestro and top bartender Alessandro Palazzi. On Tuesday, Bargiani will serve up his petite signatures. On Wednesday, Palazzi follows his great example with tiny tipples.  So, get ready to shake things up by visiting the Amsterdam Cocktail Week!

When: March 11-17
Where: Pulitzer’s Bar & other bars.
Website: https://amsterdamcocktailweek.nl/

Would you like to join an event? Feel free to contact our concierges, they will be more than happy to help you!

When the outside temperature drops, Dutch hearts start to melt; will this finally be the year? Let’s tell you more about a Dutch tradition… or a way of life as some say!

Where it all began
In the 16th century, the Dutch society was ‘pillarising’. Both private and social life were played out in a person’s own “pillar”, for example a protestant school or catholic football club. The only place where this wasn’t the case was on the ice; people were all equal on the ice and they felt free.

Every winter, before the so called ‘climate change’, lakes and other waterways were frozen and ice skating became a way of transport. As soon as kids were able to walk, they were put on the ice with wooden runners and a piece of iron underneath it. It was important to be able to move over the ice, since roads were too slippery for biking – our other transport of choice.

Professional
Nowadays, ice skating is no longer about transportation and it has become more of a hobby. Most of the Dutch take lessons and some even become professional ice skaters, performing really well in the Olympics: in PyeongChang 2018 for example, the Dutch team brought 20 medals back home.

Elfstedentocht
The most important question we ask ourselves every year around this time is; will this be THE year? Referring to the Elfstedentocht. A 200 kilometers trip through eleven cities in the province of Friesland, located in the north of the Netherlands. This event, last held in 1997, can only be hosted when all ditches and lakes are frozen with a minimum ice thickness of 17 centimeters.

Last year, after almost 6 years, people were able to ice skate on the Prinsengracht – right in front of the hotel! We keep our frozen fingers crossed that it will be possible again this year.

 

 

This year’s February is full of celebrations and enjoying the best that life can give – love, family and food. Imagine yourself in sunny Italy, taste as much chocolate as you can during the Chocolate Festival or enjoy delicious Jansz. dishes on Valentine’s Day. Let us inspire you for a visit in February:

Valentine’s Day
If celebrating Valentine’s Day in one of the most romantic cities in the world, is not a reason enough to book your flight to Amsterdam immediately – we don’t know what is! Spend this special day with your beloved one while cruising the canals, stroll through the characteristic streets that the city has to offer and end your day with a romantic dinner.

Speaking about a romantic dinner; during Valentine’s Day romance makes way for a flirt during Sjansz. Poetry, catchy one-liners and delicious Jansz. dishes is what you can expect during Sjansz. with Jansz. on Valentine’s Day. The dimmed lights and unbeatable views on the Keizersgracht Canal and Reestraat will be the setting for the flirtiest night of the year. For reservations please visit the Jansz. website.

When: February 14
Where: Jansz.

Chinese New Year
Gong Xi Fa Cai! Wishing you a Happy Chinese New Year. This event, also know as the Lunar New Year, is the most important event in the Chinese calendar; a special occasion that is nearly always marked by family gatherings, food rituals and the color red. Including this event, a unique Dragon Show will be presented at Dam Square, finding its way to the Nieuwmarkt neighborhood. If you are looking for a more intimate place to celebrate; visit Fo Guang Shan He Hua – a real Buddhist temple in the heart of Amsterdam.

When: February 5
Where: Dam Square and Nieuwmarkt neighborhood

Little Italy Taste & Travel
The first weekend of February stands for all the good that Italy has to offer! Get inspired for your next holiday, taste the most delicious products and discover Italy for the first time… or all over again. Relax at an aperitif bar after attending workshops and lectures. An event that suits all guests with the same interest: Italy! For more information and tickets, please visit: http://littleitaly-event.nl/

When: February 1 – 3
Where: Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam

Chocolate Festival
Do you love chocolate as much as we do? Then the Chocolate Festival is definitely something for you! On Saturday the 23rd and Sunday the 24th of February the Beurs van Berlage will turn into a chocolate paradise. Cocoa farmers, traders and chocolatiers from all over the world come together to inspired each other. Besides that you can participate in a variety of workshops and demonstrations, this festival is all about tasting! Find out more on: https://www.chocoa.nl/festival/

When: February 23 – 24
Where: Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam

Our eight-headed Concierge team is well informed about all ins and outs of the city. Because of their years of experience, they are able to recommend that exact thing that you did not know you were looking for. Talking about experience: there is no better way to learn something while having fun, isn’t it? These Concierge tips will combine both!

Artis Amsterdam Royal Zoo was the first zoo to be established in the Netherlands and is located in the city centre of Amsterdam. Being the home of over 750 species of animals it is a popular attraction for families. Besides animals, Artis is also the location for the Artis-Micropia museum, which focuses on the microscopic world.

Experience science and technology through an interactive and playful way in Nemo Science Museum. Unmistakable due to the green color and unusual shape, Nemo is recognizable from a considerable distance. Feel, hear and see how the world works while joining various demonstrations, workshops and exhibitions – a kids’ favorite.

Looking for a place where children can learn about history while participating in a fun activity? Visit the van Gogh Museum! Learn all about Vincent van Gogh while exploring the museum during the Treasure Hunt!

Family Itineraries
Of course, you can spend your entire day in one place, but what if you can make the most of your day while visiting all family-friendly hotspots? Pulitzer Amsterdam created Family Itineraries specially for an enjoyable day with the whole family. A predetermined program for both good and bad weather days, offering the possibility of not losing a day of your vacation. Check them out here, or ask our Concierges for details.

Family friendly restaurant recommendations
“Restaurants that kids will love, and they will love you kids.” –  Let our Concierges guide you through all the kids proof restaurants that are a must-visit for families:

If you are looking for a place to combine dinner while cruising the canals, the Pancake cruise is your perfect fit! Enjoy a two-and-a-half-hours ride where you can eat as many pancakes as you like.

Would you rather prefer an easy dinner closer to the hotel? Either Bern and Moeders will fulfill this need! Bern will provide you with Swiss cheese fondue while Moeders will let you discover the Dutch cuisine. Both on a maximum walking distance of 15 minutes.

During the cold and dark December days, Amsterdam has enough ways to warm you up. December is all about celebrating with family and friends; stroll over the Christmas markets, roast marshmallows by the fireplace or go ice-skating – discover the Amsterdam winter feeling together! Find out all the details about the December events below:

Het Amsterdamse Winterparadijs

Het Amsterdamse Winterparadijs is the epitome of Christmas cheer and offers all the good that December has to offer; from ice-skating to roasting marshmallows by the fireplace and from enjoying the ultimate city view in the – 50 meters high – Ferris wheel to snowball fights. Het Amsterdamse Winterparadijs brings together enchanting sounds, twinkling lights, festive flavors and lots of fun for all ages. For more information visit the website.

When: December 21 – December 30
Where: In and around RAI Convention Centre

Amsterdam Light Festival

“The Medium is the Message” – this year’s theme captions the famous statement by the Canadian scientist Marshall McLuhan. The 30+ light installations throughout the city embrace the idea behind McLuhan’s statement; the medium is more important than the message itself. An exhibition that can be enjoyed by bike, foot or our personal favorite… by boat! For more information and tickets, please visit the website.

When: November 29, 2018 – January 20, 2019
Where: Canal belts of Amsterdam

Ice-skating on Museum Square

Although Amsterdam isn’t known for its traditional Christmas markets, Ice*Amsterdam on Museumplein makes for a good alternative – complete with an outdoor ice-skating rink, market stalls and festive food & drink offerings. And all of this with the most magical backdrop of Amsterdam; the Rijksmuseum.

In the month December, Museumplein (Museum Square) will transform into an Amsterdam Christmas village. Take the opportunity to skate under (the replica of) the Skinny Bridge on the ice rank to complete the Amsterdam winter feeling. After the skate session there is no better way to warm yourself up than in the après ski bar with a mug of hot chocolate or a glass of mulled wine… or two! This popular all ages event is worth a visit!

When: November 17, 2018 – February 3, 2019
Where: Museum Square

New Year’s Eve

What’s the perfect recipe to celebrate the New Year, you ask? Champagne and fireworks! And for the best fireworks experience, we suggest the spectacular firework show on the “Kop van Java”, that can be seen from several locations in the city center. This show is free of charge and really provides the most impressive light show in the city.

Want to enjoy a festive feast in a typical Amsterdam setting before watching the fireworks? Restaurant Jansz. offers a special four course menu for the occasion. Please visit the Jansz. website to view the menu and make a reservation.

When: December 31
Where: Kop van Java and Jansz.